Don’t Tell The Guys, But We’re Winning
Yves Saint of The Niceguys examines the Knicks’ recent upswing.
by Yves Saint | @EasyYvesSaint
“Shh. Don’t tell the guys, but we’re winning.” That’s the attitude I took toward blogging during the Knicks’ five-game winning streak. It’s just like the truly wealthy that don’t like to speak about money unless they absolutely have to. It’s tacky. Mine was more silly superstition and laziness. Awe, even.
So we lost to Atlanta. Let’s see why: Fatigue. If there were any technical difficulties, then I would say it was a poor second quarter. But was the cause of this loss. Something to notice here is that out of those five wins, all were 100+ point scoring efforts, along with one 99-point effort. This means, once again, that they are capable of scoring. Take for instance, that 125-point win over Detroit on Sunday. D’Antoni, congratulations. But:
THEY. NEED. DEFENSE.
The Knicks will continue to lose games defensively. It has to be drilled in. I’m not going to complain about a lack of the star just yet, because the issue is not scoring as much as it’s defense. Defense is the attitude of the city. This is where the grit and excitement and fear of The Garden can be re-cultivated. Talented players are not enough. We need our identity back so we can remind New Yorkers who they are. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul or whomever else would be a great addition, but they need to be stepping into a situation where the stage is set. A star isn’t the answer. It is and always will be an identity issue. Sometimes it looks like they just don’t want to win. My question is: “Do you see your problem?” And if yes, “Are you capable of correcting it?” As a firm believer in results, I know that the sooner you effectively attack a problem, the sooner it goes away. Like with cancer, and early detection.
A few more notes: Doesn’t Blake Griffin look like someone out of Lupin the 3rd? Lupin, himself, even. Did anyone expect the Knicks’ and the Heat’s records to be nearly identical at any other point in the season but the opener? I want the hand check back. Remember when shoe contracts were scarce? We need that back. Am I the only person who is really noticing a serious problem with the League now? Something is officially wrong. Maybe I want the League to harden up again because somewhere deep down I know that the Knicks would thrive in it. It seems like football is softening up as well. I live my Orange and Blue fantasies through the AU Tigers.
P.S. Lebron’s bumping of Spoelstra was, to say the least, soft. Exactly what are you saying with actions like that? Here are a few things to consider:
1. There is no guarantee that things will get better for them. To get better and win, two things have to happen, and in a specific order: Respect your coach, then stop talking. Things will get a lot better for the Heat. I promise.
2. I saw this coming. May sound far-fetched but this is the type of crap the non-hand check era has produced.
3. There is a good chance that all that camaraderie we saw during their Big 3 special will disintegrate and they will start pointing the finger at each other when the losses get to be too much to ignore.
4. The Heat situation may also be the best thing ever in making sure something like this never happens again. People are seeing now how well it DOESN’T work.
5. Sadly, they still have the talent to turn things around. They just need to be men.
With all of that said…Go Knicks!